I have a bunch of links that make a case for the Chiefs bringing in Brandon Marshall. The first from Pro Football Talk shows that it’s much safer to give up a first-round pick for a proven superstar wideout like Brandon Marshall, than it is to pick a rookie wide receiver like Dez Bryant (who is being compared to Andre Johnson) in the first round. Personally, I can’t stomach picking a safety that high given where they are typically picked — it’s a reach. I’d rather get a top-flight pass-catcher and give Matt Cassell some help. Marshall will only cost a first — unlike Miles Austin and Vincent Jackson, who will also cost a third — and this snippet indicates the Broncos might be willing to take less. From The Seattle Times:
It’s also possible Denver could agree to receive less compensation for allowing Seattle to acquire Marshall.
Also, a source over at Yahoo! Sports says there is a soft market for Marshall. They do not want him coming back, and they know that with some of the character issues Marshall has that it might be hard to find a taker for him giving the compensation required. If the Ravens just got Boldin for a third and a fourth, I bet the Chiefs could get Marshall for their higher second and a fourth.
Don’t be so fast to think the Broncos and Chiefs won’t deal with each other either — Josh McDaniels and Scott Pioli have a good relationship. Remember when the Patriots and Dolphins did that big Wes Welker deal within the same division? Stranger things have happened.
As for B-Marsh, behavior issues aside he is a top-3 receiver in his prime. Only Andre Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald are both as young and as good. Seriously, this guy made Jay Cutler look like a superstar, which we found out wasn’t the case at all once he hit the Windy City. Then he made Kyle “Neckbeard” Orton look adequate this season.
21 catches in a game against the Colts. Three seasons in a row with 100 snags. And he’s only 26. He hasn’t gotten in major trouble anywhere as of yet (although close), and he seems to love the game enough to clean up his act. With his talent, he is worth the risk. I honestly think he’s one of the top 25 players in the league after seeing what he did last season with absolutely everything working against him. If you include him in the FA crop, he’s the best player out there. No question. Screw Dansby, Peppers, Taylor and even Boldin.
Sure, I would wait to see what the Seahawks do first. Sometimes Paul Allen goes a little crazy up in the Pacific Northwest. But if he visits Seattle and nothing gets done, the Chiefs should at least make a serious phone call. Cassel and Marshall could be a great connection for half a decade, and don’t think that Marshall won’t want to stick it to the Donks. Again, remember, there is no way in hell he will be back in Denver. Not as long as it’s McDenver at least.
I wanted Michael Crabtree last year and will not stop suggesting receivers and bitching about the position until a stud receiver is brought into the fold. I know a lot of you agree. We didn’t give Cassel $65 million for him to watch guys drop his passes. But I also want to add that I seriously doubt the Chiefs will even entertain this thought. Then again, Pioli did sign Corey Dillon and trade for Randy Moss in the past.